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Turkey Plans Security Steps Over Iraqi Kurdish Vote

Turkey Plans Security Steps  Over Iraqi Kurdish Vote Turkey Plans Security Steps  Over Iraqi Kurdish Vote

Turkey said on Saturday it would take security and other steps in response to a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region that it called a “terrible mistake”, as a Kurdish delegation was in Baghdad for talks on the crisis. The Turkish Parliament was expected to extend a mandate that authorizes Turkish troop deployments to Iraq and Syria and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim alluded to possible military moves on Saturday, Reuters reported.

The United States and other western powers have also urged authorities in the semi-autonomous Iraqi region to cancel the vote planned for Monday. They say the move by the oil-producing Kurdish area distracts from the fight against the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group. In Iraq, a Kurdistan regional government delegation arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for talks with the government in a bid to defuse tensions, but a senior Kurdish official said the vote was going ahead.

“The delegation will discuss the referendum but the referendum is still happening,” Hoshiyar Zebari, a top adviser to Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, told Reuters.

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